Weird and won­der­ful home trends

Lesotho Times - - Property -

The con­cepts of style and lux­ury are very sub­jec­tive, and the quest to cre­ate the epit­ome of each has re­sulted in some fairly odd de­sign ideas over the years.

Iron­i­cally, Tony Clarke, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of the Raw­son Prop­erty Group, says post-brexit, many of th­ese trends seem to draw in­spi­ra­tion from old-world eng­land.

here are just a few that we may be see­ing on our shores soon:

Snor­ing Rooms

There’s noth­ing worse than a snor­ing part­ner when you’re des­per­ate for sleep, and many a spouse will ad­mit to flee­ing to a spare room when the rum­bles prove too much to han­dle. his­tor­i­cally, how­ever, this was far less of a prob­lem — at least if you were a mem­ber of the english up­per class.

Tra­di­tion­ally, spouses at the head of elite and noble fam­i­lies al­ways kept sep­a­rate bed­cham­bers, a prac­tice that has re­cently in­spired the in­tro­duc­tion of a “snor­ing room” to many lux­ury ar­chi­tects’ client briefs.

“A snor­ing room isn’t quite as ex­treme as a com­pletely sep­a­rate bed­room,” says Clarke.

“It’s more of an an­techam­ber off the main bed­room, fur­nished with a sep­a­rate bed, where one can slip away for a bit of peace and quiet when nec­es­sary.”

Ac­cord­ing to Clarke, snor­ing rooms are typ­i­cally mod­est in size and fea­ture plenty of soft fur­nish­ings to dampen sound and pro­vide a good night’s rest.


With whole foods and or­ganic pro­duce be­com­ing de rigueur in high so­ci­ety, a mere side-by-side re­frig­er­a­tor is no longer ad­e­quate stor­age for all that healthy good­ness. Rather, the wealthy english elite are adding tra­di­tional larders to their kitchens, us­ing the nat­u­rally cool english cli­mate and shade-fac­ing ori­en­ta­tion to keep the rooms chilled and their con­tents fresher for longer.

“A nat­u­rally chilled larder is more dif­fi­cult to achieve here in South Africa, with our con­sid­er­ably warmer sum­mers, but we are def­i­nitely see­ing more em­pha­sis put on gen­er­ous food stor­age ar­eas in kitchens,” says Clarke.

“There are al­ready some lux­ury homes with air-con­di­tioned col­d­rooms, and I would not be sur­prised to see this trend be­com­ing more pop­u­lar.”


Con­ser­va­to­ries are a quintessen­tially Bri­tish ar­chi­tec­tural el­e­ment, de­signed to make the most of ev­ery ray of english sun. Mod­ern Brits, how­ever, are tak­ing a more stylish ap­proach to the typ­i­cal con­serva- tory de­sign, us­ing in­tri­cate metal frames to cre­ate light and airy orangeries for that in­door-out­door feel.

here in SA, sun-drenched con­ser­va­to­ries are an in­vi­ta­tion for heat­stroke, but ac­cord­ing to Clarke, that doesn’t mean we’re not em­brac­ing the glass house in our own African way.

“Blur­ring the di­vide be­tween in­door and out­door spa­ces is a very big move­ment in mod­ern lux­ury ar­chi­tec­ture, and hav­ing rooms made en­tirely of glass is a pop­u­lar way to achieve this,” he says.

“To keep things cool, how­ever, our ar­chi­tects also tend to in­clude ele­ments like can­tilevered over­hangs, clev­erly de­signed sun shades, ex­ten­sive wa­ter fea­tures and ther­mal con­trolled glass.”


Mu­d­rooms have been do­ing the rounds for a while now, but the Brits have taken them to a whole new level, thanks to a very Down­ton Abbey-es­que de­sire to sep­a­rate pub­lic and pri­vate space.

“It’s be­come quite trendy amongst wealthy Bri­tons to keep your front door for for­mal guest-use only, and wel­come fam­ily and close friends in through a side en­trance com­plete with a cosy, clut­tered mud­room,” says Clarke.

here in SA, where we typ­i­cally en­ter our homes through a garage en­trance any­way, he says the mud­room con­cept is al­ready tak­ing off in a big way

“Lux­u­ri­ous but easy-to-clean fin­ishes are es­sen­tial, as are el­e­gant stor­age so­lu­tions and a good flow,” says Clarke.

“While Brexit may see Bri­tain’s pop­u­lar­ity wan­ing on the global front, we’re not con­vinced their in­flu­ence on our prop­erty trends is go­ing to fade any time soon. Who knows what’ll be next on the list of weird and won­der­ful de­sign trends — we’re cer­tainly look­ing for­ward to find­ing out!”

Snor­ing rooms are typ­i­cally mod­est in size and fea­ture plenty of soft fur­nish­ings to dampen sound and pro­vide a good night’s rest.

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